Thinking Local: The Role of Health Leadership in Water Recapture

This webinar, held September 30 from 12-1 pm, featured community water expert and best-selling author Brad Lancaster, who discussed the transformative power of water through integrated community design. Participants learned about practical strategies and actions to support public health’s vision of healthy and resilient communities.

Below, you may review key points from the webinar, download the accompanying PowerPoint slides, and peruse our resource materials.

Public Health Alliance - Overview
Brad Lancaster - Thinking Local: The Role of Health Leadership in Water Capture


Brad Lancaster is a dynamic teacher, consultant, and designer of regenerative systems that sustainably enhance local resources and our global potential. He is the author of the award-winning, best-selling book series Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond; the website; and its 'Drops in a Bucket' Blog. He is also a co-founder of Desert Harvesters, which strives to repopulate Tucson's urban core with rain-irrigated indigenous-food plants.


Below is a brief list of resources from the webinar, courtesy of Brad Lancaster.

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond

Solar Rights and Solar Easements: Search “Solar Rights and Solar Easements

Tucson Green Streets Policy mandating ½-inch rainstorms’ worth of water harvesting in street medians and public right-of-way landscapes.

Retrofitting street curb cuts and curb cores.

Delineating our political and property boundaries by watershed boundaries.

Mandating greywater-harvesting stub-outs in new home construction allowing for inexpensive gravity-fed reuse of the greywater in the landscape.

Offering greywater-harvesting rebates with educational classes on best practices

Educating public on correct soaps and detergents to use with greywater systems

Legalizing use of compost toilets, including affordable site-built options.